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prickle

[prik-uh l] /ˈprɪk əl/
noun
1.
a sharp point.
2.
a small, pointed process growing from the bark of a plant.
3.
a sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine.
4.
a pricking sensation.
verb (used with object), prickled, prickling.
5.
to prick lightly.
6.
to cause a pricking or tingling sensation in.
verb (used without object), prickled, prickling.
7.
to tingle as if pricked.
Origin of prickle
950
before 950; Middle English prykel (noun), Old English pricel. See prick, -le
Related forms
unprickled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for prickling
Historical Examples
  • His stomach muscles tightened, and he felt a prickling of the skin run down his back.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • During the night, the fullness, numbness, and prickling were much increased.

  • That instant, wherever the weight of his hand had been, the prickling began.

    The Wonder of War on Land Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • There was a prickling at the base of my scalp and I was drenched with cold sweat.

    The Man the Martians Made Frank Belknap Long
  • Hyrst's nerves were prickling with a mixture of fierce satisfaction and fear.

    The Legion of Lazarus Edmond Hamilton
  • For a strange nothing had started my neck-hairs to prickling.

  • Upon his forehead stood a cold and prickling sweat, of horror and disgust.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Again I felt the sinking, prickling sensation of being in for it.

  • He forced his smile, and made himself forget the prickling of his wrists and the feeling of bristling fur along his spine.

    Brink of Madness Walter J. Sheldon
  • Rolf then saw a sight that gave him a prickling in his hair.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for prickling

prickle

/ˈprɪkəl/
noun
1.
(botany) a pointed process arising from the outer layer of a stem, leaf, etc, and containing no woody or conducting tissue Compare thorn (sense 1)
2.
a pricking or stinging sensation
verb
3.
to feel or cause to feel a stinging sensation
4.
(transitive) to prick, as with a thorn
Word Origin
Old English pricel; related to Middle Low German prekel, German Prickel
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Word Origin and History for prickling

prickle

n.

Old English pricel "thing to prick with, goad, point," from the same source as Old English prician (see prick (v.)) with instrumental suffix -el (cf. Middle Low German prickel, Dutch prikkel).

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